QEOS brings its first breakthrough optical products to market
By Digital News Asia April 16, 2013
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MALAYSIAN optical innovations start-up Quantum Electro Opto Systems Sdn Bhd (QEOS) has launched its first commercially available OEM/ ODM products based upon its patented ‘QEOS Tilted Charge Dynamics’ high speed technology.
Describing it as ‘one of the most significant innovations in the multibillion-dollar photonics and optical industry,’ the QEOS Tilted Charge Dynamics technology forms the core technology for its new high speed LEDs (light-emitting diodes), the company said in a statement.
The technology enables lower total power consumption, smaller sizes and lower cost compared with traditional multi-gigabit short distance optical transmission products, QEOS said.
Its chief executive officer Dr Gabriel Walter (pic) said the technology features the world’s fastest LED. “The products we’re introducing are a fraction of the size, power, and cost of traditional laser-based products, with comparable functionality.
“With the transistor structure, various new integrated optical and electronic functions can be realized that are not possible with existing optical technology,” he claimed.
Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), who are investing a total of USD3.5 million in QEOS, are as excited to see the product hit the market. AIM Chief Executive Officer Mark Rozario said that
QEOS is a prime example of highly innovative local companies that should be pushed to the forefront, said Mark Rozario, chief executive officer of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), a statutory body set up by the Malaysian Government to fuel innovation, which had invested US$3.5 million in the company.
“As a government body tasked with accelerating innovation in the country, AIM is proud to be associated with QEOS,” said Rozario.
QEOS received venture capital investments from Kumpulan Modal Perdana and First Floor Capital. Additional support was provided by Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation’s Brain Gain Malaysia Diaspora and Technofund programs, and the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority’s R&D program.
The products announced were the QEOS Optical Transceiver Kit, which consists of the new QEOS Transmitter Optical Full Assembly (TOFA) designed to operate with the new QEOS Receiver Optical Full Assembly (ROFA). The kit provides a low power, low cost product-ready 3.5Gbps solution for distances of up to 100 meters.
Also introduced was a higher speed QEOS TOFA, an ultra-low power consumption, high speed optical transmitter operating up to 6.5GHz (designed for 10Gbps applications) and which would available later this year.
All QEOS TOFAs and ROFAs are ‘full-function’ assemblies, the company said. QEOS Titled Charge Dynamics high-speed technology-enabled products, with their lower cost and power consumption, can be used for active optical cables, interconnecting computers, board-to-board interconnects and in power sensitive portable applications.
“This technology can be used to support a range of transmission interfaces such as USB, HDMI, Ethernet, Thunderbolt, Infiniband, and also communications within portable devices,” said Raymond Chin (pic), QEOS chairman.
“Our lower power consumption and lower cost products open up the market for new and expanded use of optical communications in data centers, and for industrial, commercial and residential optical connectivity,” he added.
The QEOS Optical Transceiver Kit will soon be available for sampling, and the higher speed QEOS TOFA will be available later this year.
QEOS was founded in 2008 by Walter, and Professors Nick Holonyak Jr. and Milton Feng, inventors of the Tilted Charge Light Emitting Transistor at the University of Illinois. The company is headquartered in Melaka, Malaysia, and has offices in Cupertino, California.